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MEDIA EVALUATION

Beck Boocock
Courtney Morris
Jack Powell

In our film opening


we used several
conventions of
thrillers such as the
following:
Low Key Lighting
Tense Music
Creation of a
mystery (Barthes
Theory)

The reason we used


these conventions is
because it helps set the
mood of the film and
creates tension. This is
ultimately what you
want from a thriller;
something that keeps
the audience on the
edge of their seat.

We also used other conventions such as


high angled shots as this enhances the
viewing experience and makes the
character appear weaker when the viewers
are looking down on them.
We initially filmed a close up of our
character to show her emotion as she was
walking however the transition from the
CCTV then the close up shot looked quite
odd and didnt flow with the rest of the
film so we decided not to use it.

IN WHAT WAYS DOES


YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT
USE, DEVELOP OR
CHALLENGE FORMS
AND CONVENTIONS OF
REAL MEDIA
PRODUCTS?

One of the thriller


conventions we didnt use
were quick cuts. We did
experiment with quick cuts
when editing however we
found it didnt look quite
right and got very confusing
for the viewer. This is why
as a group decision we
decided to leave this
convention out. We should
of used because of final
product ended up being a
very linear and told the
majority of the story.

With our two characters being


16 and 17 years of age our
film represents the social
group of post 16 and college
students.
Due to the two characters staying after
college to catch up on work it represents the
social group of people who are willing to
learn.

It also represents the social group


because people of the age of sixteen
and older have the stereotype
attached to them that they are
people who are anti-social, doing
drugs and overall causing a nuisance,
however in the introduction it shows
two students who are willing to stay
behind to carry on their education
portraying them in a positive light.

HOW DOES
YOUR MEDIA
PRODUCT
REPRESENT
PARTICULA
R SOCIAL
GROUPS?
However, later on in the
introduction the perception
of the two characters are
changed because of what
happens.

WHAT KIND OF MEDIA INSTITUTION MIGHT


DISTRIBUTE YOUR MEDIA PRODUCT AND WHY?
No typical media institution would
distribute the film because of it
being a small film made within
College. The only place would be
on YouTube where we would have
to upload it our self and market it
our self as well.
Uploading it to YouTube is also a lot
quicker and would reach a wider
audience because there are over 3
billion views a day on the site
meaning that people that have an
interest in thrillers would be able
to see our film easily.

However, in an ideal world a


company like Film4 would be the
best to distribute our film product
because they are already well
known for distributing this genre of
films, as well as cinema, DVD and
online releases they operate their
own TV channel allowing them to
distribute it via that as well.

The audience for our media product will be


male and female teenagers ranging from ages
13-17 , this is because our actors are around
the same age and at college doing extra work
after the bell goes.

People within this age gap may be able


to relate to this as they may frequently
stay after school or college to get extra
work done.

The settings (a college/school) would


also be something theyre use to so
seeing something like our storyline
happen in school would make it more
appealing to them as its a common
setting for them.

WHO WOULD
BE THE
AUDIENCE FOR
YOUR MEDIA
PRODUCT?
Our film shows and uses a lot of
technology such as phones;
earphones and computers.
People who are aged 13-17 will
frequently use these things on a
daily basis whereas someone
aged 50 is not likely to have
headphones on the table when
working: this is why it doesnt
appeal to that age group.

HOW DID YOU ATTRACT/ADDRESS


YOUR AUDIENCE?
We attracted the audience through
our film by the characters/ actors
being around the age of our target
audience making it more relatable
to them as they can emphasise
with them easily.

We used technology that reflects


what young people use daily as
for many the way the
communicate the most frequently
is via text messages or other
instant messenger apps/sites.

We use a popular genre that


appealed to target audience as it
was one of the genre that we
could make the most realistic, so
we used a common action that
happens everyday throughout the
world. By doing this we, showed
how easy it is for the particular
event to happen.

The setting is familiar to them as


its somewhere that they go daily,
so when they see the introduction
it makes it more realistic to them
and shows that the event can
happen anywhere.

Throughout the
process of our task
every member in our
group has learnt a
huge amount of skills
ranging from using
the camera to
editing in Premiere
Pro. When using the
camera we learnt all
about recording;
lighting; focus and
zoom. With every
member in our group
taking part in
recording we helped
each other in using
the camera until we
was all very
confident.

In premiere pro as a group it


was combining knowledge and
experimenting to create an
outcome that looks good. We
mainly used the cutting tool
to edit and cut the video and
then dragged them in to
place. Everyone in our group
took part in creating a fade
with music or with the film
which turned out to be a good
effect with the outcome. We
also done colour correction to
enhance the mood of our film;
how we did this is on our
blog. We experimented with
filters and effects in Premiere
Pro however we found they
took away the mood that we
was creating and felt the raw
look to our film was best.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT


TECHNOLOGIES FROM THE PROCESS OF
CONSTRUCTING THIS PRODUCT?

One thing we wish we had


learnt was how to fix the
small audio issue we had,
one scene you were able to
hear the static noise from
one of our phones, and had
tried to fix it however
everything we tried didnt
work because it didnt sound
any better having silence in
the clip that we had
removed.

LOOKING BACK AT YOUR PRELIMINARY TASK,


WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE LEARNT IN THE
PROGRESSION FROM IT TO THE FULL PRODUCT?
The progression of the preliminary task to the full product has taught
us many things. The key things that stand out to us are: the
importance of camera angles and how much music and editing can
really add effect to the film.

The music we added


really builds up tension
and the increase in
loudness tells the
viewer something is
about to happen. It is
also important to use
when there is a space of
silence and it can
bridge between to
different scenes or
shots.

A variation in
camera angles
makes the film
more enjoyable to
watch and helps
let the viewer
know who's weak
and whos
dominant.

We learnt how to colour


correct shots and found
it changes the mood of
the scene, this
enhances the tension.
This is because it meets
the normal conventions
of a thriller. Colour
correction can also fix
some shots as well, for
example in the first
shot it was too dark
however we were able
to fix it with colour
correction and adjusting
the brightness.

THANKS FOR LISTENING